Chocolate Cereal Bars

28 Aug

I have been looking for a yummy muesli bar type recipe for a while now. I came across this one on taste.com.au and it is delicious. It’s not super healthy but it’s not all bad. Full of yummy seeds, dried and fresh fruit and a little bit of chocolate it’s a winner! It’s also nut and egg free so great for lunch boxes. These are quite easy to make with kids although an adult needs to prepare the honey mixture on the stove, but other than that there’s lots of measuring, pouring and mixing.

Thomas enjoyed tasting each of the types of seeds and talked about the different colours while we were cooking. He thought the dried fruit mix tasted like lollies! Maybe next time he asks for lollies I will give him some dried fruit ;-). Worth a try!

They went down a treat for morning tea and Daddy took some in his lunch box today as well. Although it is difficult to stop at one! Consider yourself warned! 🙂 It is quite sweet so I don’t think leaving out the choc chips or reducing the measurement would be a problem if you wanted them a little less sweet.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup dried fruit medley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 60g reduced-fat margarine spread
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 medium red apple, peeled, coarsely grated

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C/150°C fan-forced. Lightly grease a 3cm-deep, 17.5cm x 27cm (base) slice pan. Line with baking paper, allowing 2cm overhang at long ends.
  2. Combine sunflower seeds, pumpkin and chocolate chips in a large bowl.
  3. Place spread and honey in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 4 minutes or until melted. Bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  4. Add spread mixture and apple to seed mixture. Stir to combine. Spoon into prepared pan. Using the back of a spoon, press mixture evenly into pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden. Cool in pan completely. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Cut into bars. Serve.
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One Response to “Chocolate Cereal Bars”

  1. Leah McGinley August 28, 2012 at 5:01 am #

    Yum! They look great.

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